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Fidel Nadal Crucial Cuts

  • Words: Max Herman
  • Label: Nacional
  • XLR8R Rating: 7/10

Following a split from ska/punk act Todos Tus Muertos, Argentine reggae artist Fidel Nadal has gone on to release more than a dozen albums on the solo tip. On Crucial Cuts, Latin music imprint Nacional gathers some of his more notable work from the past decade to create a 17-song collection rife with relaxed riddims. While blatantly influenced by roots reggae on traditional-leaning tracks such as “Emocionado,” Nadal proves he has traversed the terrain of Latin and Afro-Caribbean music. On “La Puerta Negra,” Nadal taps into reggaeton, banda, and hip-hop for a curious concoction that actually works. For an alternative perspective on reggae, this retrospective is worth a listen.

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